Diagnosed with Uterine or Ovarian Cancer After using Chemical Hair Straighteners or Relaxers?

If you or your loved one has experienced one of these life-altering side effects, you and your loved one may be entitled to significant compensation.

Cancer Causing Chemicals Used

In 2022, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (N.I.E.H.S.) published findings of their Sister Study, including data from over 33,000 women tracked for nearly 11 years.

Another study published by Oxford University concluded that women who used lye-based relaxers had around a 30 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer.


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Products Cause Scalp Burns and Lesions Increasing Exposure to Cancer-Causing Compounds

Hair-straightening products have been mainly marketed to consumers, primarily women of color, since the early 20th century. These products use harsh substances such as lye to relax curls chemically.

The ingredients can cause chemical burns and scalp lesions, increasing users' exposure to cancer-causing chemical compounds used in these products.

In some studies, as many as 90% of Black women report using straighteners and relaxers. The global market for hair-straightening products generated some $718 million in sales in 2021.

Many Hair Straighteners Contain:

  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Bisphenol A
  • Metals
  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including the very toxic chemical DHEP (DI-2-Ethylhexylphthalate)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has classified DEHP as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

You Deserve to be Compensated

If you or a loved one used these products, you should have been able to trust them to be safe to use. However, you deserve justice and compensation if using these products resulted in a Uterine or Ovarian cancer diagnosis.